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Monthly Archives: July 2009

Little Miss Chatterbox

Kid’s say the darndest things and it’s true.  Toddler rants are made up of some truth, a little bit of imagination and alot of humor and it tickles me.  I really wish I could remember all of the things that comes out of Little Miss Mya’s mouth, but I can’t.  I couldn’t even remember where my keys were the other day and I told Mya that if we couldn’t find the keys, we weren’t leaving the house.  Forty five minutes later, I heard Mya in our bedroom storming out into the living room screamin’, “I found it, I found it!!!!”  Up until that point, I had given up.  I took my shoes off and turned the A/C back on because I was tired of looking in the same places ten thousand times.  Yeah, I failed.  So, because I fail time and time again to remember where my keys are, I wanted to make sure I write down some of Mya’s blurbs so it wouldn’t be forgotten.  The little things like her favorite color, her likes and dislikes and of course, some of the darndest things she has said that her kids will one day appreciate hearing about.

1.  Scenario:  Mommy wanted to try on some clothes.  Mommy and Mya in the dressing room.  Mya says out loud,  “Mommy, are those your boobies???”

2.  Scenario:  Mommy and Mya next in line to make a purchase.  Lady with a mullet in front of us.  Mya curiously asks, “Mommy, is that a boy or a girl???”

3.  “Why?” 

4.  Scenario: Daddy playing video games.  Daddy lost.  Daddy lets out a monstrous sigh and a loud grunt.  Mya asks, “Daddy, what’s the problem???”

5.  “Why?”

6.  “Mommy, I want you and daddy to be marry, so I can be a flower girl.”

7.  “Why?”



















July 28, 2009 - 8:44 am Paula Kong - Mya is indeed a little chatterbox. I love hearing my squeaky little mouse talk.

July 28, 2009 - 12:11 pm Navy Sou - She does remind me of a! I call her Minnie Mouse all the time 'cause she's "mini" and she's my little "mouse"!

July 28, 2009 - 3:20 pm Susan Parker - What a cutie!! Proud to be her Great Aunt!!

July 28, 2009 - 6:41 pm Jen Imus - Wow... your photos are beautiful! I found you through Drew's site...I will definitely keep you as one of my favorites!

July 29, 2009 - 10:48 pm - Whoa! LOVin' this second to last one!

August 4, 2009 - 12:47 am Grandma aka "Yay-Yay" - These pictures are great. I agree with Mya. When is mommy and daddy going to get marry and is Mya going to be the only child? Just asking.

Kansas Revisited

Here are some pictures of our trip to Kansas.  Despite the smiles in the photos, this trip was not a vacation.  We made this trip to lay a great man to rest, my grandfather who past away on June 29th, 2009.  As sad as we all are to see him go, his passing brought our entire family together. If you’re a person that tries to find the positives of a given situation, our family reuniting was the positive in this situation.  Mya was able to revisit and meet everyone from my side of the family.  Our days in Kansas were mixed with tears and smiles.  My grandfathers passing reinforces my feelings about the importance of family.  While we mourned, we wanted Mya to enjoy the time with family we don’t get to see enough.  Enjoy our happier moments in Kansas…


Here are a couple of pictures that Mya had with my grandfather when we visited in ’06.  I’m glad we were able to make that visit even though Mya was just seven months old and was too young to remember anything.  We’ll always have these pictures to show her when she is old enough to understand.








This is Kansas…nothing but flat land, cornfields, farms and cows…










 We stayed in Alexa’s room where she had a frog habitat built right outside her bedroom window.  At night, we turned on the lamp to attract insects and bugs.  The frogs would jump towards the window and with it’s slimy webbed hands and feet, they would cling to the window to eat the insects and bugs one by one.  It was pretty neat!



One thing that Navy has never seen were fireflies also known as lightning bugs.  There were thousands of them in a field just beyond Cecil and Patty’s backyard.  It was an amazing sight to see!



Aunt Melva and Mya gettin’ in some Q.T.




Are you ready for a throwdown?  Clif and Cecil claimed to be kings of the bbq, so we had to host a throwdown family style with baby back ribs.  Judging was based on tenderness and flavor.  In a very close decision, Cecil pulled out a victory by just a few points!  Since I’m the real bbq champion, he can battle me next!






Shelia with her childhood friends, Tabby and Angie…




My Dad and my Aunt Susan…



Mya really took to her cousins, Alexa, McKenzie and especially Adriyel.  This was the scene the last couple of days.  She had McKenzie and Adriyel singing “Wow Wow Wubzy” all the way back to Ohio!







 Cousin Pamela and Jordyn…




Cecil and Patty had a chocolate lab named Tank who kept Mya on her toes.  She was so frightened by just his size alone and would make sure that Tank was locked up in his kennel before entering any room in the house.  That’s a problem, because this is the type of dog I would love to have! 








Going, going….back, back…to Cali, Cali!  Yeah…please excuse Miss Mya’s wardrobe malfunction and bad hair day…




The flight attendant thought Mya was so good on the plane, she decided to give her a pilot’s wing!  Mya loved the whole flying experience.   We may have a pilot on our hands…



July 23, 2009 - 7:19 pm Morgan Morris - What wonderful pictures, and I'm glad that the whole family was able to be together, it stinks it had to be because of Chic, but I'm sure he was enjoying seeing everyone together.....and you should get a choc lab....They are the BEST!!!

July 23, 2009 - 7:54 pm Tennille McCormick - those pics are so good. You do such a great job. If you a lad as a puppy and she grows up with it, she wont be scared of it.

July 23, 2009 - 10:07 pm Shelia - You are right!!!! Such a great time with family and friends that I almost didnt want to leave kansas. When has that ever happened? I think the last time was when I moved from there at 15yrs old. Unfortunatley those circumstances were the worst. I still get choked up when I think of the loss of our wonderful grandfather. Im still so saddened daily that he is not here and I can't pick up the phone and call or I wont receive a birthday card on my birthday. He always made sure we had a birthday card with a lil' treat inside. OMG!!! the tears are rollin' now! Thanks for sharing the pictures. I miss everyone so much I can't wait for the next family get together. I just wish my PAPA could be there. LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!!!

July 24, 2009 - 7:02 am Trish Walls - Hey Alvin, These pictures are wonderful. You have a very pretty daughter. I didn't recognize your dad. He looks good. I didn't see any pictures of your mom. How is she doing? I was glad to see a picture of Clifton. Do you have a picture of Aaron? I haven't seen him since he was a baby. I'm glad that you all have a good visit even though it was not on the best of circumstances. Your right, family is important.

July 24, 2009 - 8:17 am Pamela Collier - Beautiful pictures!!

August 17, 2009 - 9:10 pm Cecil and Patty - Your website is wonderful, we enjoy your pictures tremendously. The Kansas trip pictures you guys put together is very nice. We look forward to our next visit. Talk with you soon. :)

Red, White & Blue

I wanted to wish everyone a safe and wonderful 4th of July weekend this weekend.  We will be traveling out of state due to a death in the family, so I won’t be able to update the blog within the next week.  I also wanted to let everyone know that I am still alive and kicking despite the lack of posts!  Don’t fret – I look forward to posting upon my return as I have lots of great sessions to post!  Happy 4th of July from our family to yours!



July 5, 2009 - 10:48 pm Brandiann - Little Miss Mya doesn't seem to happy in this picture. She's still picture perfect as always and is one of the only kids I know that can pull off a picture, in a flag, with a not so happy face!!!